Senate to change bill-killing rules

Tuesday discussions will include some potential rule changes in the SC Senate.

From TheState.com:

The S.C. Senate is set to change some of its rules Tuesday in an effort to make it more difficult for a single senator to block legislation.

The move is important because the Senate’s rules have been used to stall passage of important proposals in recent years — delaying ethics reform for years and, more recently, blocking passage of a gas-tax hike to pay to repair the state’s crumbling roads and bridges.

The Senate’s GOP majority is likely to:

▪ Eliminate “minority reports” – a mechanism that senators use to block bills […]

Bill Chumley shares about upcoming legislative session

A few weeks ago Representative Bill Chumley visited with us at our November Spartanburg Tea Party meeting and shared about some bills he’s considering for the legislation session that begins January 2017.  From my notes:

1. Courts should use common law and American law as precedent, not foreign courts.

2. Protect teachers who want to share religious beliefs, or have prayer.

3. SC Voluntary Infrastructure Act – develop a method for SC residents to use their PIN or zip code at gas pumps to obtain lower gas tax than visitors from other states purchasing gas in SC.

4. Allow First Responders to be armed.

5. […]

Did YOU get your letter from Katon Dawson?

Katon Dawson, a former SCGOP Chairman sent a letter to all and sundry this past week letting us know he’s thinking of running for SCGOP Chair at the state convention in May 2017.  Who can vote for SCGOP Chair?  You are eligible – that process begins in March at our precinct reorganization meetings, and continues at our April county convention.  As you think about being a delegate AND finding like minded folks you can invite to join you and become a delegate, let’s consider a few Katon Dawson facts.

From Ballotpedia:
In 2008, Dawson ran for the chair of the Republican National […]

Trump and Nikki and Henry and Hugh …

What exactly will happen in SC now that Trump has appointed Nikki Haley to the UN?

Well, it’s confusing, and fascinating …

Brian Hicks at The Post and Courier reports:
Since the announcement last week that Gov. Nikki Haley is leaving to become ambassador to the United Nations, the Statehouse has been awash in line-of-succession parlor games. Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster will become governor sometime early next year, but the question is who takes his job?

Right now that would be Leatherman, who is the Senate president pro tem. The problem is that, in South Carolina, Senate president pro tem is one of the […]

State Pensions go to NON-State Employees

Surely not you say.

But this is South Carolina.

This might be something you want to put on your ‘to be discussed’ list with your legislators…

Reported by Duncan Taylor at TheNerve.org:
With the state pension system unfunded by billions of dollars and getting worse every day, how is it that non-state agencies are being allowed into the public pension system?

That’s exactly what’s happening in South Carolina.

State employees can participate in the system, of course; that’s what it’s designed for. But the purpose gets murkier when others join in, such as special-interest groups and their lobbyists.

One example: The South Carolina Association of School Boards. […]

Latest news on the Greenville Hospital System being GIVEN AWAY

If you are not aware of this complete breech of responsibility, visit http://ghsgiveaway.org/ and read the news stores by scrolling down and looking under Recent News.  Once you are caught up, perhaps you’ll want a chat with your legislator.  Look below at the FOUR REPUBLICANS who are still on board with this scheme.

From GHSGiveaway.org:

Very few legislators remain in the way (list below of legislators on the Greenville Delegation). Two of those working with GHS lost their elections, leaving just FOUR house members working in favor of the GHS giveaway.  Most importantly are those sitting on the fence, those who have refused […]

Dems about to find out the woes of the “nuclear option”

Posted at Gazette.com:

And before we begin … let me know say … “na nah na nah nah!”

 
Senate Democrats are not going to be able to block Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions bid to become attorney general. And they can’t do much to stop Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo from assuming the helm of the CIA.

And they have only themselves to thank for it.

That’s because exactly three years ago, the Democratic Senate majority — led by Harry Reid (Nev.) — rammed through controversial rules fundamentally changing the way the Senate does business. They unleashed in November 2013 what’s called the “nuclear option” allowing […]

Rep. Josh Putnam previews bills

From Josh’s FB page:

(which you should go and LIKE right now!)

Here is a quick snapshot of a few bills I will be introducing this coming session. Over the next month I will take one bill at a time and break down how it will be implemented in key areas of the bill, so stay tuned!!!

Here are the bills:
1) strength our sexual assault laws. (I want SC to be known as the most stringent on prosecuting people who commit sexual assaults. There will be an aspect of the bill that will Target athletes who commit sexual assaults)

2) Withhold individuals state tax […]

Town Hall Talk and Dessert Social with Josiah Magnuson

Thursday, December 1 at 6 PM – 7:30 PM

Dutch Plate Family Restaurant
206 S Main St, Campobello, South Carolina 29322

CLICK HERE for Facebook Invite page

State Agencies defy budget law

reported at TheNerve.org by our friend Hannah Hill:

(and why should the agencies fret about this, since the legislators defy state law each year by not holding joint budget hearings as we’ve noted over the years …

2011 – Legislators do not follow budget law

2013 – Legislators do not follow budget law

But … another story there)
Most state agencies aren’t following the law regulating agency budget requests. An examination of their 2017-2018 submissions suggests they aren’t even trying.

State law requires that agencies submit the following on or before Nov. 1:

An itemized budget estimate on forms provided by the governor as well as justification […]